The Australian media and terrorism

17 Aug 2007

In any terrorist attack on Australian soil, it will be the media that defines the experience for the Australian public. The media will cover what happened and why, who did it, and will analyse whether anything could have been done to prevent the incident. Over time the media might look for someone to be held accountable. Political leaders, government officials and first responders would find themselves under siege by the media in any terrorism incident here.

Television, radio, online and print journalism will inform the public during a terrorism crisis. The tone and content of the coverage influences how the public will react. In an event as disturbing as a terrorist attack, even people who normally pay scant regard to news broadcasts may suddenly become anxiously dependent on such information.

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